Friday, 23 September 2022

Pond



 The velvet voiced Linda and I had our first Pond Open Day meeting last night over one of her lethal gin and bitter lemons . The other members of the TCA have done all of the hard work clearing the land and planting and setting up the decking and the like. 
Our remit is just to sort out the open day which will, I’m hoping include the school children who I suggest will be conscripted into a competition to design a pond logo.
Flintshire council will have a whole plethora of environmental experts we may be able to use on the day and with the promise of free home made cakes and cups of tea, I’m sure we will have an impressive turn out. 
I didn’t stay too late. I’m mindful of not outstaying my welcome as Linda and hubby Nick are such good company so it had just turned properly dark when I left their cosy cottage which overlooks the pond and original village green.
It’s one of my favourite places in the village and one of the oldest. A square boarded on three sides with houses and cottages. The fourth side, the pond and lane leading to the Livery Stables and the ruined Siambr Wen 
Youth club Bridget and her family, Boffin Cameron and his , the Manley’s , Mr Poznań  all live on the quadrangle and each house ,was cheerfully lit up behind Living room curtains and small door windows. 
I walked over to the pond and stood watching the bats flashing in black shadows over the water for a while. 
And I feel grateful I am home


27 comments:

  1. Beautiful and interestingly historic. You should have a printable checklist of species for visitors to look for, maybe coloring pages for children to use to learn about the ecology of their pond. Do any of the ancient structures still remain, even just as piles of stones. When might the open day be, still this Fall or not til spring. I suppose it could be an annual event unless it disrupts the wildlife.

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    1. Good ideas here…I used to run a village fete on my field which was always popular, this event is on a much smaller scale

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  2. I'm sure the first Pond Open Day will be a Grand Occasion in the village!

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  3. I hope someone at 'The Manor' will donate a bench.

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    1. We do have a local manor but it’s not a rich one

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  4. It sounds so wonderful that little corner of your village.

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  5. Lucky you to live in such a lovely, friendly place, surrounded by people who care. You've found your little corner of the planet that you can truly call home. xx

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    1. Believe me there are darker characters afoot that we don’t speak of

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  6. Trelawnyd sounds like a perfect home.

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  7. I think it would be nice to have celebratory dancing around the Maypole by the Village Pond next Spring x🐌

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    1. You got me to thinking about Derbyshire well dressings
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well_dressing

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  8. I like ancient little bits of water. I used to look after a small spring called 'The Green Man' in a hamlet called Conkwell once.

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    1. Is this the place
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conkwell

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  9. I have a great idea for an opening event - a pond snorkelling competition! Okay it will stir up the pond life but what the hell - the frogs will get over it. Please be sure to take a picture or two of Mrs Trellis in her leopard print bikini and snorkel. We don't need to see an image of you in your lemon speedos.

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  10. Barbara12:51 pm

    Or maybe you would prefer to see John in a mankini?

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  11. Is it more like Walden Pond, or Golden Pond (film reference.)

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    1. I missed the Walden pond reference and had to Google it…golden pond I got l but wasn’t that really a lake

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  12. The pond looks lovely. A bench or two would be nice for visitors. People sometimes like to donate a bench, especially if they can inscribe an "in memory of" message. Your Pond committee should select stone bench for longevity and to maintain design consistency of all benches placed at the pond.

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    1. We’ve had “ benchgate” where one local asked for one not to be constructed as nefarious types may congregate

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  13. Barbara Anne2:04 pm

    Ta for the glimpse of the part of the village around the pond - or adjacent to it - and who are the friends that live there. How wonderfully ancient and serene! I'm glad you're at home there, too.

    Hugs!

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    1. I’m very conscious that most readers hav3 never been to the village , it’s nice to paint a picture

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  14. How great to have an eco-project for the village that the kids can get involved in!

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    1. That was one of the very first remits of the pond idea

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